RS: What's the difference between the Artificial Funk sound and
the Enur sound?
Rune: The Enur sound is more urban, ragga-oriented with more vocals. It's not necessarily house music, whereas Artificial Funk is more of an album project. It's home listening for clubbers, if you can put it that way. It's quite a personal album that we did because our father passed away five years ago, and it's very much about that whole grief process. It's quite different. I'd say it's more of a blend of Air and Daft Punk, stuff like that, which we're very inspired by.
RS: I was wondering what the inspiration for the "Friend for the
Weekend" track was.
Rune: To me, it's quite obvious. I play out every weekend in different parts of the world, and what I see everywhere is that people are trying to pull each other together, and find this brief moment of safety in the hard world of nightlife. You need the comforts which I think people are looking for. That's what the lyrics are about anyway.
RS: And talking about comfort, what was the idea behind the bed
video for the Artificial Funk track "Together?"
Rune: I don't know. I didn't do that and it was horrible. That's such a stupid video. They did that without my knowledge. It was just beyond words. I'm glad you know that, because it was just ridiculous.
RS: It's actually kind of cool, I thought, the effects in it.
Rune: Well, it could have been worse, but still, it was pretty horrible in my opinion. There were so many things in the vocal you could have gone with, but this was just another excuse to whack in a couple of beautiful girls and this guy. It's a classic English dance music way of handling things. It was just kind of stupid.
RS: Speaking of which, right now, what are you wearing, Gucci or Prada?
Rune: I'm actually not wearing any of them at the moment. I'm wearing (something from) this guy, Henry Ribscoll – a Danish designer, and he's got a really cool jacket. I'm wearing some really weird, fancy Italian pants, and I'm wearing Eight O shoes, the cow hide shoes. I'm big on fashion but I'm not big on Gucci or Prada. That "Koochi Koochi" track a joke anyway, so you know.
RS: I sort of gathered that. Were you making fun of how
ultra-fashionable people try to be?
Rune: Yes, exactly, exactly. The whole point is, it's an observation of what's going on. You see yourself, and then some people are just too much – you know, all these Gotti brothers look alike, with the spiky hair and all that. It's just ridiculous, it's such a joke, isn't it?
RS: Pretty much. Going back to Friend for the Weekend, was there
a sample you used in that?
Rune: There was, but I can't tell you from where. I trashed it up really well, so they probably will never find out. But basically, I didn't sample a whole loop. I did sample a chord from an old record and I changed it and I pitched up and down and double layered it, so there's no way they're going to find out. But it's not so much a sample. It's more the sound of a sample that has a certain charm to it that I really love.
RS: Yes, it had a very – I don't know if you know about these
people – it sounded very Galleon to me.
Rune: Yes, exactly. I know those guys, but I think what we were going for was more like a Daft Punk-ish / Stardust type of thing. But it's the same genre anyway, isn't it?
RS: Going back to videos – the Enur video for Calabria – were
you involved with that video?
Rune: Not at all. And honestly, I'm not too keen on that video either.